Potential Cardinals Performance Bonuses for 2010

by on March 12, 2010 · 2 comments

Earlier we took a look at the possible award bonuses that Cardinal players can earn in 2010 – now we’ll tally the performance bonuses that are on the table for the upcoming season.

Brad Penny

Penny can earn an additional $1.5mm on top of his $7.5mm one-year deal if he pitches 204 innings or more during the 2010 season.

Penny has only achieved that amount of innings pitched in two seasons during his career.

Ryan Franklin

Frank has undisclosed (at least where I’m looking) performance bonuses built in for games finished.

Given the relative uneasiness among many Cardinal fans with Franklin in the closer role, this may have been a gamble on both sides.

Skip Schumaker

Schu’s new deal includes various “achievable” performance bonuses (according to MLB.com’s Matthew Leach, here) that could bring total value between 2010 and 2011 to $5mm.

Perhaps something to do with games played or fielding statistics at second base?

Felipe Lopez

Lopez eventually signed for $1m base with another $1.2mm available in “easily attainable” incentives.

Not hard to assume those incentives are plate appearance and/or at-bat based.

Jason LaRue

LaRue will receive an additional $50k if he starts 60 games in 2010.

I’m all for resting Yadier Molina, but I hope LaRue doesn’t see 60 starts.


Not a whole lot there, but the ones that are big numbers are ones I’m certain the Cardinals would be happy to pay if they were achieved. As with many of these performance bonuses, the players signed perhaps below what they could’ve gotten in a better market but could stand to profit wildly if they can perform at a high level.

Hat tip to Cot’s Contracts for the bonus info.

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Hugo March 12, 2010

Just wanted to point out that Schu’s can’t be stat based since the MLBPA doesn’t allow that. Otherwise great info and good work!

PH8 March 12, 2010

Thanks for the lesson, Hugo. I learn something new every day!

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